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Palmetto Republicans favor Walker, Bush

 South Carolina Republicans give further evidence that the campaign for the 2016 GOP nomination for president is stabilized into a horse race between the governor of Wisconsin and former Florida governor John E. “Jeb” Bush, according the Feb. 24-25 Townhall/Gravis poll of 792 Republican voters. With Bush at 19 percent and Badger State Gov. Scott […] Continue reading →

As Supreme Court takes up ObamaCare, GOP offers alternatives, Dems warn of ‘massive damage’

 Congressional Republicans are proposing long and short-term alternatives to ObamaCare as the Supreme Court begins hearing oral arguments Wednesday in a case that has the potential to unravel the health care law. The plaintiffs, four Virginia residents, argue that Americans who bought insurance through the federal ObamaCare exchange are not entitled to subsidies because the […] Continue reading →

House, Senate GOP looking at food stamp overhaul

 Congressional Republicans are laying the groundwork for an overhaul of the nation’s food stamp program, trying again after an unsuccessful attempt two years ago. House Agriculture Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, said Tuesday that his panel is starting a comprehensive, multiyear review of the program to see what’s working. He said “either huge reforms or small […] Continue reading →

Some Republican governors back Homeland Security showdown

 Several Republican governors are urging GOP congressional leaders to stand firm next week in opposing legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security if it doesn’t also overturn President Barack Obama’s executive action on immigration. Governors in both parties meeting in Washington this weekend warned of economic and security concerns should Congress fail to resolve its […] Continue reading →

5 things to watch as governors meet in Washington

 The three-day winter meeting of the National Governors Association provides ambitious state executives an opportunity to improve their political standing ahead of the 2016 presidential contest. Five things to watch: WALKER MOMENTUM Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s stock as a potential candidate rose after he made several key hires and impressed political observers during a recent […] Continue reading →

State-led push to force constitutional convention gains steam, with high-profile Republican support

 A state-level campaign to rein in the federal government by calling an unprecedented convention to amend the U.S. Constitution is gaining steam, picking up support from two high-profile Republicans as more states explore the idea. The latest figures to endorse the effort are retired Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn and Ohio Gov. John Kasich. Coburn, a […] Continue reading →

As Supreme Court case on ObamaCare nears, focus is on plaintiffs and GOP’s post-decision plan

 The simmering debate about ObamaCare reemerged in Washington this week amid questions about the plaintiffs in the upcoming Supreme Court case on the health law and Republicans sounding more urgent about preparing for the ruling. The high court will hear arguments in early March over whether the health-care law allows people in states without their […] Continue reading →